The widely publicised shipwreck off the coast of Calais on 24 November, which left 27 dead, drew a few crocodile tears from the sharks that govern France and England. A show of hypocrisy that does not hide the truth: the deadly closure of the increasingly militarised maritime border of the Channel are the first responsible.
Image above: “The real enemy travels by private jet not dinghy”. (Tag on a wall in Dover town centre, October 2021)
Continue reading Channel Charades – On the Franco-British border: Everyone’s at sea
Calais. France. Last Tuesday, September 28, Yasser, a young Sudanese man died at the French-British border. Despite his grief, his family chose to bury Yasser’s body in Calais. Yasser’s relatives and members of the Sudanese community in Calais have written the following letter, available in French, Arabic and English (scroll down for the French and Arabic version).
Continue reading Message from the refugees after the death of our brother [Calais, France]
France. UK. Last Thursday (August 12, 2021) an Eritrean man died after he was recovered from the channel when the boat he and others were traveling to the UK on sank. One other person is feared missing at sea. The details are unclear and questions remain about how the authorities responded and what they will do to search for the missing person. What is clear is that once again the racist border system build up by European states to restrict the free movement of Non-Europeans has taken more lives. Below we summarise the information we currently have and call for the abolition of this lethal border.
Continue reading France – UK: This border kills! One person dead and one feared missing at sea after shipwreck last Thursday
France. On November 19, 2020, on the A16, a young 20-year-old Sudanese lost his life and all his dreams. He was our compatriot, our brother, our friend.
Continue reading Collective tribute to Mohamed Zacharia: The end of a dream
Article by Thom Tyerman and Travis Van Isacker. This post was written in conjunction with activist networks working against the UK border regime in Northwest France, including Watch the Channel, Calais Migrant Solidarity and Calais Research. Thom and Travis research UK border securitisation and have written previously on the eviction of migrants’ homes and other everyday practices of segregation in Calais.
Continue reading #UK: Border Securitisation in the Channel
France. For everyone who has close ones in deport centers or who would like to support the people who are victims of the racist incarceration of those who don’t have the “good” papers, here is a short guide to supporting people in detention in France.
Continue reading #Calais Migrant Solidarity: Update Supporting people in Detention
France. Since 11 April, people have been revolting in several detention centres (CRAs) across France (and of course in other places, like Belgium). People locked up in CRA Mesnil-Amelot (Paris) had occupied and blocked part of the building. In Vincennes (Paris), a fire started. Prisoners in Oissel (Rouen) have declared a hunger strike. Beginning March, people have been actively resisting the conditions in detention centres during the time of confinement and detention in itself.
Image above. Archive image: 2008 Vincennes CRA on fire.
Continue reading Revolts and conditions in detention centres across #France
France. An open letter by the Eritrean Refugee community of Calais about police violence.
Continue reading Police violence: an open letter from #Calais
Calais. France. April 2, 2020. For more than two weeks now, France has been on lock-down. With most French people unable to leave their homes, migrants in Calais are still being evicted from theirs. Human Rights Observers in Calais have counted 45 evictions since March 17th. A police union, Synergie-Officiers, has called for an end to these daily evictions, but the department and prefecture still insist they continue.
Continue reading #Coronavirus: Housing and evictions in #Calais, #France